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Competition and regulatory authorities now possess far-reaching powers to investigate companies and commercial arrangements, prohibit M&A deals, force divestment of merged businesses, review markets and impose penalties. There is the additional risk of private enforcement such as substantial (follow-on) antitrust damages claims. Being compliant and implementing effective risk mitigation strategies is key. We focus not only on problem solving but also on how you can avoid problems in the first place. Our large team of competition lawyers has extensive experience in helping navigate these difficult paths so that you can focus on your business. We have in-depth knowledge of competition rules across different countries and markets.

The CMS Competition Group is one of the largest competition teams in Europe and at the same time one of the most widespread. We offer a one-stop-shop solution to clients for all their competition law needs across Europe and beyond. The lawyers spread across the CMS offices are supported by the CMS EU Law Office in Brussels. The CMS Competition Group has hands-on experience in dealing with the European Commission and all national competition authorities as well as European and national courts. We act for clients in all areas of competition law: cartels, distribution agreements and other agreements comprising horizontal and vertical restraints, abuse of dominance, merger control, private enforcement, state aid, investigations and compliance. Our sector approach helps us understand your business environment and get to grips with your issues. 

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    Dawn Raid

    It can also happen to you or your company: one morning, the government turns up on your doorstep. They want access to your records, they want copies of your computers, they want to ask you and your employees questions. They come at dawn, when the surprise effect is biggest: a ‘Dawn Raid’.

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    Regulated Markets

    Companies that are active in the energy, post, telecommunications, media and healthcare sectors are increasingly confronted not only with European and Dutch competition law, but also with sector-specific regulations and special regulatory authorities. The reason is often the public interest, the utility function or the network character of these sectors.

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    State Aid

    We have a great deal of experience in advising both providers and receivers of state aid, including provinces, municipalities, water authorities, housing corporations, project developers and other enterprises that receive support. State aid involves not only subsidies, but also loans, tax exemptions, guarantees, property transactions, land allocation, PPP, government participation in enterprises, support for sustainable projects or other financial arrangements with enterprises.

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    July 2019
    CMS Com­pet­i­tion & EU Glob­al Bro­chure
    The CMS Com­pet­i­tion & EU Group is one of the largest com­pet­i­tion teams in Europe and of­fers you the most wide­spread pan-European cov­er­age. With more than 225 com­pet­i­tion law­yers based in 35 coun­tries., our com­pet­i­tion prac­tice is a one-stop solu­tion
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